Books The Best Philip Roth Books  

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List of the best Philip Roth books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that Philip Roth is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. Roth became a household name in 1959 with Goodbye, Colbumbus, a story about the life of a Jewish-American. The novella earned him U.S National Book Award for Fiction, an extremely prestigious award. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of Philip Roth who want to know which novels they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out his work if you're a big reader.

This list includes American Pastoral, Portnoy's Complaint and more. What are Philip Roth's best novels? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer that question.
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American Pastoral is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Philip Roth Books
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Sabbath's Theater is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Philip Roth Books
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The Human Stain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Philip Roth Books
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24 8
Portnoy's Complaint is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Philip Roth Books
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The Counterlife is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Philip Roth Books
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The Plot Against America is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Philip Roth Books

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Patrimony: A True Story is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Philip Roth Books

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The Ghost Writer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Philip Roth Books
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Everyman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Philip Roth Books
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Goodbye, Columbus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Philip Roth Books
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Zuckerman Unbound is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Philip Roth Books
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Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Philip Roth Books
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Operation Shylock: A Confessio... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Philip Roth Books

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The Prague Orgy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Philip Roth Books
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Indignation is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Philip Roth Books
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6 1
My Life As a Man is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Philip Roth Books
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6 3
The Anatomy Lesson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Philip Roth Books
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The Dying Animal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Philip Roth Books
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The Great American Novel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Philip Roth Books

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Reading Myself and Others is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Philip Roth Books

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5 4
I Married a Communist is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Philip Roth Books
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Exit Ghost is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Philip Roth Books
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2 1
Letting Go is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Philip Roth Books
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The Breast is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Philip Roth Books
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The Professor of Desire is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Philip Roth Books

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When She Was Good is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Philip Roth Books
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A Philip Roth Reader is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Philip Roth Books
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Our Gang is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Philip Roth Books
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The Humbling is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Philip Roth Books
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